To become a pen pal to a prisoner, use the tools and information provided on prison pen pal websites such as Jail Resource and Prison Inmates Online. You can also find information, resources and tools to become a prison pen pal at PrisonPenPals.com.
Some prison pen pal websites provide personal ads that include contact information for inmates seeking pen pals. When you find an inmate you wish to write to, use the contact information provided in the ad. In order to receive a response, you must provide a return address in the initial letter. To be safe, many people recommend using a post office box until a relationship is established.
Other websites allow users to respond to prisoners via email. Employees of these websites then print the email and send it via postal mail. When the inmate responds, the response is then sent to the civilian pen pal. Using this method, the civilian pen pal never has to disclose contact information to the prisoner pen pal. A fee is sometimes associated with this service.
Prison pen pal websites often organize all the personal ads into categories that include state of incarceration, gender and sexual preference. The most recently added inmates are often listen in their own category as well.